Canadians rip USWNT's sportsmanship after 13 goals scored vs. Thailand


Canadians rip USWNT's sportsmanship after 13 goals scored vs. Thailand

So, what’s Canada’s deal right now?

First, some Raptors fans appeared to cheer Monday after Warriors star Kevin Durant dropped to the court with an Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Then, video of other Raptors fans profanely jeering Steph Curry’s parents outside their Toronto hotel was released. Nevermind that Steph's father, Dell, is a former Raptor who had been beloved in the city.

And now this: Sharp rebukes from TSN’s Women’s World Cup studio coverage team Tuesday after Team USA routed Thailand 13-0 in its tournament opener.

The goal total was a tournament record, and the former Canadian players on the TSN panel had issues with the Americans running up the score — and celebrating in the process.

Some highlights from our friends in the North:

“This was disgraceful coming from the United States.”

“It’s disrespectful, it’s disgraceful, and hats off to Thailand for holding their head high. ... I’d love to be there to just hug them all.”

“Embarrassed is the word for [US women's national team coach] Jill Ellis for how she led her team in this one.”

And, in light of Canadian fans’ treatment of KD and the Currys the previous day, this sentiment seemed particularly rich:

“As a Canadian, we would just never, ever think of doing something like that.”

Someone wasn't watching the Warriors-Raptors game the other night ...

Canadians’ angst toward the USWNT probably can be traced to the 2012 Olympics semifinal match between the teams. Two disputed calls led to a game-tying penalty kick by Abby Wambach, and Alex Morgan — the target of TSN’s venom Tuesday — drove home the winner in extra time.

Canada was denied gold. And wasn’t happy about it. Understandable.

Then, three years later, the USWNT won the Women’s World Cup on Canadian soil. That had to hurt.

If these past few days have taught us anything about our neighbors, it’s this: Canadians truly are friendly people — until sports are involved. Then all bets are off, and the trash talk is on.

So, they’re just like us.

Twitter reaction to the USWNT's scoring spree was mixed, with media members, former players and others giving their opinions on how the Americans handled themselves on the world stage against an obviously overmatched opponent.

Here’s the bottom line: The Americans are No. 1 in FIFA’s world rankings, 33 spots ahead of the Thais. This result should’ve been expected, even if the reaction to it was not.

USWNT’s next opponent, Chile, is ranked five spots lower than Thailand, so Sunday should bring another American victory. Judging by the reaction to the opener, though, that victory could only be on the pitch, not in the court of public opinion.

Women's World Cup bracket: Knockout stage matchups, dates, times


Women's World Cup bracket: Knockout stage matchups, dates, times

The knockout stage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is well underway, and that match of the tournament looms.  

The United States Women's National Team advanced to the quarterfinals Monday, setting up a showdown with host nation France on Friday. 

Both sides are good enough to win the tournament and were considered co-favorites coming in, but only one will advance from Friday's match in Paris.  If the USWNT loses, it will be their first time in their history that they've missed out on the semifinals.

Here's the full knockout stage bracket:

Round of 16

Match 37 -- Norway 1, Australia 1 (Norway advances 4-1 on penalties)

Match 38 -- Germany 3, Nigeria 0

Match 39 -- England 3, Cameroon 0

Match 40 -- France 2, Brazil 1 (Extra Time)

Match 41 -- USA 2, Spain 1

Match 42 -- Sweden 1, Canada 0

Match 43 -- Italy vs. China -- Tuesday, June 25 at 9 a.m. PT

Match 44 -- Netherlands vs. Japan -- Tuesday, June 25 at 12 p.m. PT


Match 45 -- Norway vs. England -- Thursday, June 27 at 12 p.m. PT

Match 46 -- France vs. USA -- Friday, June 28 at 12 p.m. PT

Match 47 -- Winner of Match 43 vs. Winner of Match 44 -- Saturday, June 29 at 6 a.m. PT

Match 48 -- Germany vs. Sweden -- Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. PT


Match 49 -- Winner of Match 45 vs. Winner of Match 46 -- Tuesday, July 2 at 12 p.m. PT

Match 50 -- Winner of Match 47 vs. Winner of Match 48 -- Wednesday, July 3 at 12 p.m. PT

Third Place

Loser of Match 49 vs. Loser of Match 50 -- Saturday, July 6 at 8 a.m. PT


Winner of Match 49 vs. Winner of Match 50 -- Sunday, July 7 at 8 a.m. PT

Women's World Cup: Uninspiring USA win vs. Spain sets up France clash


Women's World Cup: Uninspiring USA win vs. Spain sets up France clash

By the skin of their teeth, the United States Women's National Team advanced to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinals Monday.

The United States beat Spain 2-1 in Reims, France, thanks to two penalty kicks from captain Megan Rapinoe to set up a match with the host nation Friday. 

Rapinoe stepped up to the spot and gave the Americans a lead in the seventh minute, but Jennifer Hermoso equalized two minutes later when she caught goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher off her line. The Spaniards' press picked veteran American defender Becky Sauerbrunn's pocket, and the USWNT conceded its first goal of the tournament.

Midfielder Rose Lavelle was fouled in Spain's box late in the second half to set up Rapinoe's second penalty, before the three most-dreaded letters of the tournament appeared. The referee turned to VAR -- video assistant referee -- to determine if there was a "clear and obvious error," but the call was upheld. There wasn't much contact on Lavelle, but it was enough for the referee to point to the spot again.

Rapinoe's finish left no doubt, even as the Americans absorbed late pressure from the Spaniards, who hoped to keep their World Cup dreams alive. The USWNT advanced, but the win raised far more questions than answers.

Coach Jill Ellis opted to sit Lindsey Horan, with the midfielder facing a suspension if she picked up another yellow card. Ellis' squad failed to generate much of anything moving forward, but she did not make her first change to the lineup until the 85th minute. The USWNT attempted fewer shots on target (three) than any game in the tournament, and there wasn't all that much in the way of quality, either.

Monday's win won't settle concerns about the USWNT headed into Friday's showdown with France in Paris. Although the French needed extra time to dispatch Brazil on Sunday, they already have beaten the Americans this year. France defeated the USWNT 3-1 in a January friendly, and jumped out to a three-goal lead in that match.

The Americans won't enter the rematch on a high, but Ellis said she believed that could work to her team's advantage -- using some NSFW language.

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Ellis has to hope it does. In any other World Cup, Friday's match would be worthy of a final. The USWNT and France entered as two of the favorites, but one's tournament will be over before the semifinals by the time Friday's last whistle blows.

If the Americans don't improve upon Monday's performance, it very well could be them.